Well, here we go again - update 12/22 !!

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by yomama, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Tomorrow I go in for my second hip replacement of the year. I had my right hip replaced in June, and will be having the left done tomorrow. I was born with hip displaysia, but didn't really have problems, until I hit my late 20's. Of course, I shrugged it off, thinking it was a pinced nerve or something. It wasn't till I was in pain daily that I decided to go see the dr. He couldn't find anything on xrays, so he sends me to a specialist. Specialist couldn't find anything on xrays, but decides he's going to refer me to a dr he knows up at OHSU(ginormous hospital/college here in Oregon. They are AWESOME!!!!!!) Within a couple of minutes of looking at my xrays, she sees that my hips are not formed right, and that my femur is sticking out just ever so slightly outside the socket. Yay! an answer! We do a surgery that repairs the cartilage, shaves off the top part of the femur, and removes all the arthritis. Unfortunately, after a year of pt, not much improvement. Of course, I let it go for a while, till it became so debilitating, I had to see her again. Xrays show that I now no longer have any cartilage in that hip, and right hip is on its way out the door too. Yippee. She said that really all there is to do is replacement, but we should try steroid injections first. Steroid injections in both hips. Um, ouch! but just want to get it done. Instant relief! I was practically in tears, I was so happy. It was all I could do not to kiss the xray techs and dr that performed the procedure! Dr said that hopefully it would last 3 to 6 months. If we had to do it more often than that, it can be very damaging to the hip joint. Well, the injections lasted 2 weeks, to the day. I was so upset. So, fast forward about 6 months, and I set up my first hip replacement surgery. That was June of this year. Surgery went well. Unfortunately, got addicted to Oxycodone while I was at it. See, I had been on Oxy for about a year, about 5 -10mg a night, to help with the pain. Then, while in the hospital, after surgery, they were giving me 20mg every 3 hours. Thats 160mg of oxy a day! When I went home, I kept a log of how much pain meds I was taking and how often. I instantly started weaning myself. However, being as how I have never done this before, and have never been "addicted" to anything besides soda in my life, I didn't wean properly. I did way too much at time. Thus started a 3 month road trip to hell. I was constantly in the drs office, trying to help alleviate the symptoms, which were severe nausea, and anxiety so bad I felt like my body would explode. I tried so many different prescriptions, it was rediculous. I even ended up in the er, wanting some sort of relief. Nothing worked. Finally, my therapist that I see, prescribed a very simple, inexpensive, drug that worked! I could of tried stopping oxy cold turkey, but didn't. Most people that stop cold turkey, would go through anywhere from 24 hours of withdrawels to a few weeks of withdrawels. I was going through months of withdrawels, and I was still on the stupid drug! The drs said it was because I had had oxy in my system for so long, it was just going to be that much harder to get off. They didn't want me to decrease anymore, until I got stabalized. So, finally, about 12 weeks ago, I started the process of weaning myself off, at 10% a week. Now, mind you, I'm only on oxy at this time to manage withdrawel symptoms. I still have pain, but not taking enough oxy to touch it. Well, as of 2 weeks ago, I am pain med free!! Yay. Only problem is, I have surgery tomorrow, and will have to face some decisions. I've talked to the dr about alternative pain meds, but deep down, I know that there is a good chance I'll need to take oxy again. The pain from the last surgery was pretty intense. Oh well, at least I know what I'm in for this time around. I also know the right way to get off of them. Btw, the only reason I'm having the surgery so soon, is to avoid the $750.00 deductible we had to pay with the last surgery. Anyway, just thought I'd share. I think I just needed to vent, because unlike the first surgery, I'm actually pretty nervous and scared with this one. My husband doesn't really talk to me much about it. Sorry for the novel. [​IMG]
     
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  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Wow! You've overcome so much since June!

    Is there an alternative they can give to help you through the pain? Talking about it helps! I know they put me on Darvocet...I took it for 2 days then got REALLY sick. After that, I took 4 Aleve at a time with my knee surgery. It probably doesn't even come close to the pain for a hip replacement.
     
  3. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    I've talked dr about morphine, but thats an opiate too, so not sure. He said they can try different drugs, and we'll see how I do. I guess just not having a 100% game plan is what is making me nervous.
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Oh man... thats so much.. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. MeatKing

    MeatKing Chillin' With My Peeps

    Got my fingers crossed for you,
    sounds like you are really thinking ahead, with pain meds. Keep talking with your doc. Most people adicted, don't admit stuff like that to docs. It's great you are, they will help you through it. "Hugs" all the best!
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Relafin. It's what I'm taking. Just had knee surgery... can't afford to get addicted to percocet.
     
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  7. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    At least you're going in with your eyes open, this time, and know what to watch for. Good luck with your surgery, and [​IMG] for a speedy recovery.

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  8. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I know, I kind of wear my heart on my sleeve, lol. I'll take secrets to the grave, if someone asks me to, but my personal stuff I'll just blurt out, drs, friends, neighbors [​IMG] I figure I've got nothing to hide, this is how I am, take it or leave it. I kept using the word "addicted" with my dr and my pharmacy, who got to know me by looks, I was there so much.[​IMG] They kept telling me that my body had grown "tolerant" and that I wasn't an addict. "Addicts" are people that will do things that are sociallly unacceptable to support their habit, not people who are doing what they need to do to get off of a drug. I guess that made me feel better, but my body was addicted, none the less.
     
  9. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats on recognising that you were beginning to have a problem, and stopped it on your own. I got to where I really enjoyed Lortabs after a foot surgery, that I just stopped them. I had brain surgery, and only took Aleve. But too much Aleve will mess your liver up. You are in my prayers.
     
  10. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    Speedy healings for you!
     

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